Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Haunted Indianapolis...

It's been a while since we've had a paranormal post on here, so I thought in honor of my soon-to-be-new city, I'd let you know that, according to several sources, including Unsolved Mysteries, Indianapolis is the most haunted city in Indiana.

Here are some of the specifics:

Cathedral High School (Former sight of Ladywood High School) - Cathedral High School campus was once the campus of Ladywood, a private boarding school in Indianapolis. In Loretto Hall, the former main building of Ladywood, classes were held on the first floor, physical education in the basement, with student dorms on the second floor, and nun dorms in the attic. It has been reported many times that at night, after what would be "lights out" for the girls you can hear and sometimes see a sister walking down the halls in the second floor and candles burning in the attic.

Decatur Central High School -In the 1970's, a girl named Angie and her friends were recklessly riding around the school parking lot. They crashed and Angie was thrown from the car and decapitated. Strangely enough, the school's electricity would not work for several weeks after and the entire school smelled like burnt rubber. Every year, around the time of Angie's death, the electricity still goes out and burnt rubber is smelled. Some people have even reported seeing a young female ghost walking up and down the stairs crying.

Downtown -St. Joseph's Old Abandoned Catholic Church - Reports of seeing blood on the hands of over 92 witnesses, hearing a loud bang in the middle of the sanctuary, and loud footsteps.

Edgewood River - Sounds reported of a drowning boy splashing and screaming for help.

Hanna House - it was built by Alexander Moore Hanna as part of the Underground Railroad. One night one of the oil lamps fell in the basement and the house caught fire and many slaves died. The house was restored almost immediately, but it's said there are cold spots, doors open and close with no by themselves, and one of the upstairs rooms smells of death. Strange noises, smells and apparitions are observed here.

House of Blue Lights - This mansion on Meridian Street in Indianapolis is haunted by the young wife of the first owner. When you go by the house at night you can see blue lights flickering on and off on the grounds and in the tower window. According to legend the man couldn't stand the thought of burying his lovely young wife so had a special glass coffin built and placed in the tower. He would go visit his wife every night. The tower was lit by soft blue lights, her favorite color.

Indiana Repertory Theatre - In life, the first artistic director of the theatre used to jog around the upstairs mezzanine area when the weather was cold or rainy. He reached his untimely death when his nephew accidentally hit him with a car while jogging outside on a foggy day. To this day, when it rains outside, you can hear floor boards in the upper mezzanine creaking and groaning just as they would if someone were running.

Indianapolis Athletic Club- The spirit of a young fireman has been reported. He tries to wake up guests in the middle of the night. There was a fatal fire at the hotel in the early 90s, in which a young firefighter died.

Indianapolis City County Building - During the first years of construction on this building, a special elevator was erected to move court witnesses to different floors of the building. In the 1960's, a witness was being escorted to court in a Mafia case. He was shot in the elevator by one of the police escorts, who was really a hit man in disguise. After this happened, access to the elevator was blocked and the power cut off. Many people have reported hearing this mysterious elevator going through the floors, muffled by screams heard in the elevator shaft. Some have even claimed to see the actual ghost of the shooting victim wandering the halls of the building.

Irvington, IN - There is a church in this town that was once a house. The church is on a circle surrounded by other houses, and used to house slave owner, his slaves and maids. If you walk by the church/house in the setting sun you can see a figure of a man either on the roof or somewhere on the church grounds. If you spend the night in Irvington you may experience several things. Some people, when they are sleeping, have reported waking up and feeling that someone else is in the room. Sometimes you will even see a young man. Also strange smells and sounds have been heard and feelings that you are not alone.

James A Allison Mansion - A part of Marian College campus, the Allison Mansion is a mansion built between 1909-1911, it was James & Sarah Allison’s summer house. After Marian College acquired it from the Allison estates it became part of the campus buildings. The attic was the Sisters' dorm, the students lived in the old garage, and classes took place in the rest of the building or the greenhouses. From the time the mansion was used as a school to the present (it's now used as a conference building) strange occurrences have taken place. Keys missing, objects moved, the library room completely rearranged - furniture not just books. The basement has an indoor pool, where a baby crying has been heard. Legend says that the Allisons had a child and the baby drowned in the pool.

MagicMoments Restaurant - The top floor of 1 Pennsylvania street, where MagicMoments now stands is said to be haunted. Table settings move by themselves during the night and glasses are taken from tables and set on the floor right side up. Cold spots are everywhere and the office is said to have a bad vibe. It's reported that illegal boxing mathces were arranged on the top floor and some fighters died.

Marian College Stokely Mansion - An apparition of a man walking a dog has been seen. An apparition of a brunette woman running out the side porch door and jumping into an waiting carriage has also been seen. People have been gently pushed off the dog walk. Gondolas run without water under them. People having tea in the Japanese Tea House in the middle of the night.

Paul Ruster Park Cemetery - Many years ago, a little boy was killed near the train tracks. He is now buried in the foundation of his old house. Many people say that if you walk the long path through the woods to his grave, you can hear the boy playing his harmonica. Others have reported seeing a ghostly young boy walking down the road.

Post Road - When you turn onto the street your car will cut off and won't start back up. It's reported a group of kids ran into a tree and died on that street.

Tuckaway House - George and Nellie Meier are said to haunt the house that was their home.

Waterbury Neighborhood - A condominium in which an elderly lady died. One of the current residents, the son of the family, reports voices, objects moving, screams, bumps, knocks, footsteps, growls, shadows, electronics not working, candles going out, hot and cold spots, strange feelings, animals sensing something there, strange dreams, the bed shaking, doors opening and closing, an orb once caught on digital photo, strange lights, and the strong smell of lilacs. These have been reported around the house, but an overwhelming amount of the experiences have taken place in the son's former room. This room, strangely enough, is not the room she died in.

Are they true? I'll let you know...

8 comments:

  1. very good informantion i will definately visit these places i hope i find out something i hv many haunted places information too for that u can visit my blog at http://ghostexps.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thanks for the blog link, Linux World. :)

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  2. In Indiana? I never would have thought it!

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    1. I think every state has its haunted places. :)

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  3. The House of Blue Lights, now long-gone, was not on Meridian Street, but on Fall Creek Road, a long way from downtown Indianapolis. The entire house, not just a tower (there wasn't one), and much of the outside was strung with blue lights during the Christmas season. Skiles Test, the owner, had different lights strung for different seasons. After his wife died, he never had the blue lights removed.The blue lights burned until Test himself died in 1964. Today the area that was once the house and grounds is Skiles Test Nature Park and at times, particularly around Christmas, people sometimes see the glow of strange blue lights.

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  4. I graduated from DCHS in 1980. Angie was not decapitated but her window on the front seat passengers side was open. Her head hit the wall as the car went down the stairwell. I do not remember the smell of burning rubber but the accident happened just outside the auditorium and there were many people who said they heard footsteps and strange noises. I worked back stage a d never heard anything but remember how spooky it was. Just wanted to clear up some myths.

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  5. I'd appreciate if you share a link to other sources that have data about this topic just in case you happen to know any.

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